Mark was born on May 14, 1953 in Minneapolis, son of Albert “Bud” and Kathleen (Joern) Schmidt. He grew up and received his education in the Hopkins and Minnetonka areas, graduating from Hopkins Lindbergh High School in 1972.
He was united in marriage with Kimberly Ann Schneider on June 17, 1976 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Minnetonka. They made their home in Cedar for a few years, before moving to rural Princeton in May of 1979, where they farmed. They raised cattle and small grains. Mark was also over-the-road truck driver. For the past eight years, Mark and Kim sold their potatoes and other vegetables at the Princeton Farmer’s Market, where Mark was known as the Potato Man.
He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, when he wasn’t farming or driving truck.
He is survived by his wife Kim of Princeton; sister Patty McAndrews of Garrison; father-in-law John Schneider of Edina; and sisters-in-law Debbie (Art) Steinberg of Isanti and Janice (Chris) Becker of Plymouth. He was preceded in death by his parents: Bud in 2006 and Kathleen in 1995; and a brother-in-law: Terry in 2008.
Per Mark’s wishes no services will be held at this time.